Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House Stockholm’s Old Town, Sweden by Studiomama
October 28th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Studiomama
Studiomama have created two stunning loft apartments in Stockholm’s medieval old town Gamla Stan. The 200sqm apartments started as derelict office space on the top floors of a 300 year old building in the heart of the city. In a minefield of regulations and restrictions they have worked with conservation specialists to craft beautiful modern living spaces that remain sensitive to their ancient surroundings by stripping back to the skeleton of the structure and re making an interior to the exacting standards of a new build.
Non-authentic layers were removed to reveal the original framework which has been restored to punctuate the open space and expose the structural wooden beams. With no straight wall or floor lines a new inside was carefully built to the high Swedish standard demanded of a new build. It was important to maintain the special atmosphere and charm that this old house embedded but also create two flats that would be attractive for a modern day life.
The two apartments are contrasting in form and layout, whilst apartment 1 is traditional in its feel and atmosphere apartment 2 makes bold design statements and l features a double height bookcase flanking one wall with an integrated sliding door.
The open loft space incorporates discreet lighting integrated in wooden beams to visually lift the space. A unique feature of this space is the single 11 meterfull length Douglas Fir floorboards that serve to underline the grand feeling of the loft space. This floor continues to seamlessly form a wall of storage and a kitchen island. The kitchen is built in a continued line of the floor and integrates with the back wall. The back wall hidesthe kitchen cabinets and the doors to the bathroom/sauna and the bedroom.The atelier window has a spectacular view over the roofs and church spires of the old town.
The maximise the most of the double height space – a pod room was created which is connected to the stairs and main living space with a walking bridge.
London based Danish designer Nina Tolstrup founded Studiomama in 2000 with husband and design collaborator Jack Mama. True to Nina’s Scandinavian roots, simplicity and integrity are the trademarks of her work; a pared-down, contemporary but characterful, timeless and unpretentious qualities of the studio’s work.
Nina’s curiosity for new challenges has resulted in an incredibly diverse portfolio (furniture, electronic products, jewellery, glassware, exhibition-design, NGO collaborations, interior and architectural projects). Studiomama’s passion for variety gives her an extraordinary broad perspective evidenced in a daring, influential and socially relevant body of work.
She trained as a designer at the prestigious Les Ateliers (EcoleNationaleSupérieure de CréationIndustrielle) in Paris and gained a BA in Marketing from the Business School in Copenhagen.